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... gull take off ...
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Copyright: Jose Diogo (josediogo1958) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 494 W: 27 N: 1837] (11747)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-08
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/8000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-02 4:32
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Points: 24
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After "gull anatomy" I present "gull take off".

Hope You like it and thanks for viewing..


"The gulls have a worldwide cosmopolitan distribution. They breed on every continent, including the margins of Antarctica, and are found in the high Arctic as well. They are less common on tropical islands, although a few species do live on islands such as the Galapagos and New Caledonia. Many species breed in costal colonies, with a preference for islands, and one species, the Grey Gull, breeds in the interior of dry deserts far from water. There is considerable variety in the family and species may breed and feed in marine, freshwater or terrestrial habitats.[10]

Most gull species are migratory, with birds moving to warmer habitats during the winter, but the extent to which they migrate varies by species. Some species migrate long distances, like the Franklin's Gull, which migrates from Canada to wintering grounds in the south of South America. Other species move much shorter distances and may simply disperse along the costs near their breeding sites.[10]

Gulls are highly adaptable feeders that opportunistically take a wide range of prey. The food taken by gulls includes fish and marine and freshwater invertebrates, both alive and already dead, terrestrial arthropods and invertebrates such as insects and earthworms, rodents, eggs, carrion, offal, reptiles, amphibians, plant items such as seeds and fruit, human refuse, and even other birds. No gull species is a single-prey specialist, and no gull species forages using only a single method. The type of food depends on circumstances, and terrestrial prey such as seeds, fruit and earthworms are more common during the breeding season while marine prey is more common in the non-breeding season when birds spend more time on large bodies of water. [10]

In addition to taking a wide range prey items gulls display great versatility in how they obtain prey. Prey can be obtained in the air, on water or on land. In the air a number of hooded species are able to hawk insects on the wing; larger species perform this feat more rarely. Gulls on the wing will also snatch items both off water and off the ground, and over water they will also plunge-dive to catch prey. Again smaller species are more manoeuvrable and better able to hover-dip fish from the air. Dipping is also common when birds are sitting on the water, and gulls may swim in tight circles or foot paddle to bring marine invertebrates up to the surface. Food is also obtained by searching the ground, often on the shore among sand, mud or rocks. Larger gulls tend to do more feeding in this way. In shallow water gulls may also engage in foot paddling. A unique method of obtaining prey to gulls involves dropping heavy shells of clams and mussels onto hard surfaces.[10] Gulls may fly some distance in order to find a suitable surface on which to drop shells, and there is apparently a learnt component to the task as older birds are more successful than younger ones.[11] While overall feeding success is a function of age, the diversity in both prey and feeding methods is not. It has been suggested that the time taken to learn foraging skills explains the delayed maturation in gulls.[10]

Gulls have only a limited ability to dive below the water in order to feed on deeper prey. In order to obtain prey from deeper down many species of gull feed in association with other animals, where marine hunters drive prey to the surface when hunting.[10] Examples of such associations include four species of gull feeding around plumes of mud brought to the surface by feeding Grey Whales,[12] and also between Orcas and Kelp Gulls (and other seabirds).[13]"(Wiki)

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Hello Jose

Great timing to have shot the photo with the
splashes of the water, fine POV & DOF,
wonderful light coming to the gull,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Ciao Jose Diogo, great action shoot, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Jose
very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-02 7:52]

Buena toma de este despegue, la composición muy acertada incluyendo el primer splash del agua. Buen enfoque, bonito azul y los blancos con buen balance. Enhorabuena.

Olá Diogo!
Wow! Que timing !!! Bem na horinha do vôo...A água ficou como congelada! Super!Essa foto está fantástica! As cores , a nitidez ...wow! Se você me permite uma observação: eu cortaria mais a parte de cima, pois além de aproximar a ave,faria com que ela descentralizasse...Fica aqui como uma idéia.
Um abraço e obrigada pelo gentil comentário em minha última foto.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-02 8:02]

Hello Jose,
Nice sharp detailed photo of this gull taking off. Excellent timing and composition. Beautiful natural colours.

Hello Jose,
Very interesting riewpoint and beautiful image.Perfect focus and anstanding natural colors.
Best regards

Very well timed shot of this yellow legged gull, great focus, and judging my the 1/8000 very well managed colors in strong light!


Hello Jose,
Wonderful capture with exceptional clarity and focus.
Difficult capture, but you did a great job....
Outstanding composition, sharpness and fantastic details.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-02 10:41]

Hello Jose.
Perfect exposure and POV . I like the bird captured so low and water line. Excellent!
Best regards Siggi

brilliant capture

Hello Jose
Impressive action photo with perfect timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Hello Jose,
Excellent photo of this Gull, great sharpness, very fine colorful details!
Regards, Joska

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-03 5:29]

hello jose

what a speed of ur mind and timing! morethan excellent work u have done with this capture.
we fix camera on tripod to take a water drop but what happened here...wow!!! splash of live
water look wonderful! very well done jose.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-08 3:46]

Hello jose,
splendid take off. well presented in exact timing and moment.
you have captured it with precise composition.
Nice to see droplets of water splashing.
well done.


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